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Parksley VirginiaEastern Shore Community Services Board Review

The Eastern Shore Community Services Board is a subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia that offers mental health services on an outpatient basis. Acting as a non-profit, tax-exempt political subdivision, the many facilities are able to provide inexpensive mental health services for individuals who may have difficulties paying for treatment. Established in 1971, ESCSB was founded on the principle of helping the community and offers substance abuse treatment for adults, youth and adolescents.

ESCSB is located in Parksley, Virginia—a city on the Delmarva Peninsula.  This small Atlantic coastal town on Chesapeake Bay is roughly half of a square mile in size and at the year 2000 consensus had a population with fewer than 1,000 individuals.

Treatment and Staff

ESCSB provides outpatient services for youth, adolescents and adults. Prior to admission to the program, all potential clients undergo a bio-psycho-social assessment with an intake counselor. An individualized treatment plan is devised as well as common goals and a discharge date. Treatment plans may be adjusted during treatment to accommodate progress and developments in the recovery process. Typical length of treatment is 30 days but some clients attend for as long as 45 days. All outcomes are unique and individualized to the client’s progress in the program.

Clients engage with their peers and counselors during group therapy two to three times a week. Groups last two hours and follow the Stages of Change Model working through the pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance phases. Clients who may be hesitant in their initial attempts at recovery work with their counselors in individual therapy to deepen their understanding of chemical dependency. Clients are encouraged to find commitment to their recovery and to kindle trust between the other program attendees.

In addition to multiple group therapy sessions and one individual therapy session per week, clients must attend 12-step meetings in conjunction with therapy. Twelve step principles are also included in the therapy dialogue to help the client understand the disease model of addiction and alcoholism. Clients must attend up to five meetings per week, seek sponsorship and work the steps.

The clinical staff at ESCSB include CADCs, Psychiatrists, Nurses and LCSWs. All counselors and medical staff are trained to work with addiction and specialize in creating a comfortable and healing environment for clients. Maintaining abstinence is required during treatment and clients are regularly drug tested to ensure sobriety.


In addition to treatment assistance, ESCSB provides transportation for clients facing hardship.

In Summary

The Eastern Shore Community Services Board offers outpatient substance abuse treatment for youth, adolescents and adults through their facility in Parksley. No client is turned away for an inability to pay. The organization is a political subdivision that receives grants and donations through the Commonwealth of Virginia and private parties. Through the Stages of Change Model and 12-step programs, clients are informed and treated for chemical dependency with a clinical staff that specialize in substance abuse treatment. Many additional mental health services are offered as well as transportation assistance.

Eastern Shore Community Services Board Location

ESCSB Substance Abuse Services
18469 Dunne Ave
Parksley, VA 23421

Eastern Shore Community Services Board Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Eastern Shore Community Services Board by phone at (757) 665-1260. Find Eastern Shore Community Services Board on Facebook and Google+

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